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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where do you feel most comfortable watching a short film?
    A question for my media work.
    Where do you feel most comfortable when you are watching a short film?

    Youtube, Vimeo, Console marketplace like xbox, or other that i did not mention.

    Im making a short film as part of my media course work. Part of this is a research phase that requiers me to investigate possible distribution methods. I have made my choice to market it for free but where? If you could please spare a few minutes if you watch short films online, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely youtube. I love shortfilms! :)

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I create my own short animations?
    I'd like to start making my own short animations with sound, similar to the short flash films found online. I'm just an amature looking to have a little fun and mess around for a few hours from time to time. What programs would I need? Can I get them free? Can I turn them into a .wmv to play on my computer? How about putting them in a format to be played on a DVD player? Thanks much for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I asked myself this very same question this morning. Guess I'll sit tight and see what kind of answers you get.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film?
    Hi,

    I recently made a short film that got selected for the World Film Festival of Montreal and now I upoladed it to youtube and vimeo and dailymotion but it doesn't get enough views. I was wondering if there were any free short film festivals online or somewhere else that I could just send a link to and "promote" it?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You could try www.iziggus.com they offer some pretty cool packages and they show some great video examples.

      Hope this helps

  4. QUESTION:
    What equipment at minimum would I need to start making my short films and webisodes?
    I'm making short films and webisodes. Genres: Horror, Action, and Drama. I just need to know the equipment I would need to start making them.

    • ANSWER:
      at absolute bare minimum, you will need a digital camera/ camcorder that records in full high-definition. You can get free video and sound editing software online (I would recommend Audacity for sound, and Lightworks for editing, with Windows Movie Maker for titles).

      You also should consider things like microphones, DVD burners, etc.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do get involved with short films and student films?
    I would really like to get involved in short films and student film, but I don't know how to go about it. I live in London, and am 20mins away from central london. Does anyone know I can go about getting involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Local colleges are the best way to go. Find some nearby schools that have a focus on film making and submit a headshot and resume to them. Usually those directors are dying for new faces instead of the same old actors from the school. In fact, they're usually grateful enough to provide you a copy of the final product and (if you have enough work) will offer to help you make a reel in lieu of payment.

      Also, look at local audition postings. A lot of times there's a long list of theatre auditions and then a smaller list of local filmmakers looking for small parts in independent films. In America we have Craigslist online which is a free post and there are always a lot of opportunities there. Does London have an equivalent?

      And just for good measure, networking is such an important tool for film! Meet as many film-associated people as you can and meet their friends, then theirs... Schools are the best places to do that. If you're in a position to enroll in a film class (just a freelance class- not college level) you'll meet a lot of people there who are in the class, or even the folks teaching, who will be able to give you more contacts and places to find casting opportunities.

      These are things that worked for me! Best of luck to you!!

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I get my short films seen?
    I have made several short films in the UK. I have used real crews and done everything professionally but I don't have that much knowledge about film festivals or how to contact industry workers to show them.
    Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Almost all film festivals (except the really big ones like Sundance etc) use a clearing house called Without A Box. You go to www.withoutabox.com and register for free; you can see all the festivals that are currently taking submissions and enter online. You pay the entry fees for whatever festivals you enter and then supply the festival with the content (usually on DVD) for screening.

      Check the rules for the festivals you enter before you upload to YouTube etc - many have rules which would make your film ineligible for competition if it has been widely available on the web.

      Good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    How Can I Become a Hollywood Film Director?
    I am currently in high school, and my passion is movies. I make short films on You Tube, and I dream of becoming a Hollywood Director. I'm not looking for a free ticket in. I'm willing to work hard for my dream, but are there any certain colleges I should be looking at? Are there any books out there that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      UCLA and New York University are the top two film schools in America. However there are a lot of runner ups. Mostly located in LA, it being the American city for films. Do a couple of searches and ask for information from a lot of films. Be careful of trade schools like Full Sail. They sound really nice, but in the long run they're not very good for getting a job.

      Keep making short films of course, and pick a second favorite thing you like doing in film. The demand for directors is so low and the number of people wishing to be directors is so high that you're likely to spend most of your working life doing something else in film with a very short or late break in directing. So find something else you love to work at in the mean time.

      I had a book called "The Portable Film School" by D.B. Gilles that I found very helpful. Look in Barnes and Nobles or Boarders if you have one. If not, check them out online to find books that sound useful. (Then if you want to buy them for cheap, go to ABE books and type in what you found to buy 'em used.)

      Just make sure you keep building up your portfolio by making bigger and better short films until you get into college. In college you'll make the contacts you need and really kick off. Email me if you have any questions. (toasterphantom@yahoo.com )

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a good begginer video camera for a film student?
    I am trying to make short films, trailers, music videos, pretty much anything, but have no clue what video camera I should purchase or what film editing software. I am a film/broadcasting major but because I am a freshman I have not been able to take any of the film classes, so I am struggling to figure it all out on my own. Any tips or suggestions would be very much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of just buying a random camera that random people online suggest, as well as struggling trying to figure things out on your own, I'd suggest simply hanging out around the older video students and offering to help with their projects. You can probably get them to help with yours once you become friends with them and have learned a thing or two from them, all while using school equipment

      It's really great you're hungry to learn and it's really a shame that your school does not allow you to take any production courses in your first year. That's kind of odd from my experience. At any rate, everyone always needs people to help with their projects and video/film is all about networking. So if you spend less tyme trying to do things alone and buying random cameras based on currently unqualified knowledge, and working with people who know a little more and will allow you to be around school-approved equipment, you will learn a ton and make some good friends. You will also be ahead of the game when you do get around to taking your film courses.

      I was in a rush to buy equipment when I was in school too but, what happens is that the technology changes rapidly and you end up with a fairly worthless camera in just a couple years when you could have been using probably nicer equipment for free the whole time. I even continued to use my school's equipment after I graduated and was doing paid work with it (but you're not really supposed to do that!)

      Good luck! Film school is fun but also requires serious work and commitment. Show people you work hard and care, and you'll go farther than you will just being another idiot who bought a cheap camera.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to get good quality sound when shooting a film?
    When I always used to make short films I used the crappy camcorders Microphone, and it sounded so mono and just not filtered. What is the best, cheapest way to get Theatrical quality sound? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Good question- people don't realize how much good sound counts, you can have crappy images and weird editing, but if the sound is messed up it will take the audience out of the story instantly.
      Find a cheap shotgun mic () that has an 1/8th plug for the little cameras, and make a cheap homemade boom-pole and windscreen. Have a friend be boom op.
      Next step- post sound. 99% of all sound in professional films and videos is recorded in a studio, then edited in- even the dialogue. Use only the dialogue from your on set recordings- edit everything else out then either rerecord (foley) the ambient sounds- footsteps, rustling, birds, etc. in post or find free samples online. If the dialogue is messed up do ADR, or record the actors lines in the studio (a quiet closet) and sync them up. Mix and EQ.
      Also don't forget to record room tone on set, its the ambient hum of every location- and it changes with every room or location. After you finish filming just record 30 sec. of absolute quiet- you can then insert that room tone to help smooth over your edits in post- that's how the pros do it.

  10. QUESTION:
    How to make a short film series?
    I have written several stories and would like to put them in short films, how can I accomplish this and where do I begin? Some of the stories are original some of them are fan fiction...

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you should do is get your hands on the best camera you can. Either buying it, or borrowing it from someone. Use available lighting if you're going for cheap (borrow some work lights and can lights). Shoot outside on a cloudy day (the clouds diffuse the sunlight). Get friends and family to star in it. Get a decent editing program. (Sony Vegas has packages in all price ranges).

      Once you know you have the means to shoot these short films, finesse the scripts. Write them in proper form (celtx is a good program for formatting scripts, and it's free). Cast your actors, and let them have the scripts.

      During shooting, establish the shots. Do combinations of up-close, low angle, high angle, and far away shots. Also do cut sequences jumping from person to person as they talk. Use props and cheap effects. Dolly shots make your pieces look pretty good. You can make a track dolly by yourself, but I won't waste time saying how as there are hundreds of tutorials for them online.

      Once you have the shots, take them into an editing program and cut them together as you'd like. Find music (royalty free if you're going to do anything with these). Then finish them up on DVD. You can make a website for the series, get a fan base on youtube. Etc.

      For any specific questions on how to achieve an effect or anything else film related, you can email me and I'd be more than happy to help.

  11. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of a free traditional or 3D animation program for mac?
    I have already tried to download Pencil and it tells me there is no such file. I want to make short films in either anime style animation or in 3D where I control almost everything. For now I use iMovie for real films and Xtranormal for 3D short films, but these are very limited.

    Please tell me what the top 10 best ones would be. Preferably Free.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      StudioMicro had released Anime Studio 5 for free earlier this summer. It's a 2D animation program that's fairly intuitive to use.

      ToonBoom released a free learner's edition of their Digital Studio Pro. This program is meant for 2D animation and is great if you're already familiar with animating traditionally (with paper, pencils, pegs & cells).

      Blender is a free 3D modelling and animation program. However, you should be warned that all 3D programs usually have a fairly steep learning curve.

      These are the only free full-feature animation programs that I know of. There are plenty of simplistic GIF animation software for free online. However, they don't offer nearly as much customization as the ones listed above do.

      If you can afford it, one of the most popular animation software is Adobe Flash. It's great for both animation and creating interactive websites or games.

  12. QUESTION:
    How much would the royalties cost for my amateur film adaptation for stage?
    Hi there,

    I am adapting a well-known Hollywood comedy into a musical to put on stage. Entrance will probably be free, performing to my school and some outsiders. The music will be entirely composed by us, with heavy alterations to the script by us too. I am in the UK. The script was found online to allow to start working on ideas immediately.

    In short: Hollywood film, adapted for stage by us, music and words by us.

    How much in royalties would we have to pay, and how do we find out who to and how to pay them to?

    Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you were even able to get the rights to said movie, it would cost more than your school could afford!

  13. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the short documentary on the ESPYS about basketball in Belfast?
    These guys won the Arthur Ashe award this year for a basketball program for youth in Belfast. The short film that was shown was terrific, but I can't seem to find it online anywere.

    • ANSWER:
      There is video footage of Trevor Ringland and David Cullen here:

      http://sports.espn.go.com/keyword/search?searchString=Trevor+Ringland+and+Dave+Cullen&page=multimedia&x=14&y=13

      and there's a free online documentary site at:
      http://www.documentary-film.net/

      If you contact ESPN perhaps they can help you further.
      Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I film in/fake a courtroom for a student film?
    I'm working on a short film that I need to make as part of my applications to art colleges and my script contains a courtroom scene. The problem is, I have no idea how I can get a hold of a court room. Any ideas on how to either actually do this or fake it? I've considered green screening it, but I'm having trouble finding the right angles I'd need in online photos of courtrooms.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your local county court and ask them if you can reserve a court room on the weekend, or sometime in the evening. It may cost you a small fee to rent out the room, but usually it is free. I used to do this when I coached my mock trial kids, and never had a problem.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I make music sound like its playing from a radio?
    I'm making a short film and I can't figure out how to make a song sound like it playing from a radio or it's underwater/muffled? My resources are iMovie and windows movie maker 2.6 as well as the new one. I'm willing to download something free online? Or use something online? Or are there any sound editor apps?

    Any tips??

    • ANSWER:
      GarageBand has that effects.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me a decent online film contest?
    Okay so I have a really big question. See my friend and I just got into Indy film making. We have made a couple of short films and are looking for some Online Film contests to enter. Here is the criteria we are looking for-
    -Free([FAQ-QUESTION]-5), english, and online entry
    -5-20 minutes in duration
    -A Prize. The prize can be monetary, or not. We really just want to get our videos out there.

    • ANSWER:
      eyeka.com

  17. QUESTION:
    How to hold an open casting call?
    I need some actors for a short film my friends and I are shooting during the summer. We've already gotten some of our friends cast but we need more people.How do I put the word out that we're holding an open casting call? What info do I put? Where can I put it up? How do I audition people?
    Sorry, I live in the US.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the steps on hosting an Open Call.

      1) Create a list of breakdowns (description of characters that you are still looking for).

      Here is an example:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" - Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Not balding. Dark Hair. Not skinny, not too heavy. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      2) Depends on where you want to host the Open Audition. If you have access to an empty studio, a class room at school, that would be ideal. Otherwise, you can yahoo-search any Dance/Acting studios that's local to the area for rental. Determine the Date(s) and Time that you want to do the Open Audition.

      3) Creating an Open Casting Call Note. On your note, you should include a brief description of your project, the story line, compensation, production dates and production location, and open call date, time, and location. Then after that, you should list the character breakdowns that you are looking for.

      Here is an example:

      Open Casting Call for Short Film “Thanks Mom”

      "Thanks Mom" it is a film that tells the tale of two young filmmakers who make it through all the obstacles of producing an independent film only to face their greatest challenge yet: their mother.

      Filming Duration: July 9 thru July 13
      Filming Location:Chicago, IL
      Compensation: No Pay, but will provide Meal, Credit, and a Copy of the final film.
      Open Audition Date: June 19 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
      Open Audition Location: Champion Dance Studio, 12345 Yahoo Street, 5th Floor, Room 1280, Chicagoo, IL.
      What to Bring:
      Prepare to read sides. Sides will be provided at the location. (if any of these characters have lines, then you can extract those lines from the script onto a seperate piece of paper. These are call 'sides.' Give the actors at least 5 minutes to look them over, and then call them in to perform those lines) If you don't have any sides, you can simple ask the Actor to prepare a 1-2 min. monologue.
      Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.

      Character Breakdowns:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Skinny. Dark Hair. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      "SUSAN" Caucasian. 20-25. An eccentric young mother who is a bit too overbearing, but loving and caring to her core. Good comic ability a plus.

      4) Depends on where you are located, you can post an Open Casting Call notice online. Mandy.Com and Craigslist.Org are two most popular internet resource for free postings. I would also recommend you to include an email address that you feel comfortable with exposing to the public on your notice. Just incase if any of the actors have questions. They can also email you their headshot and resume, so you will get an idea WHO and how many people are actually coming to the Open Audition.

      5 - A) Setting up the Audition. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the Open Call time. Outside of the room, prepare a 'sign-in' sheet (Name, Name of Role, Telephone Number, and Email Address) - so when the actors arrive, they can sign in. (You will call them into the room to audition in the order of arrival) You can also leave your sides outside, the actors can study them.

      5 - B) Inside of the audition room, like American Idol, the 'judges' should be sitting behind a table. It's ideal that you have 2 - 3 people hosting the casting session. If you are using Sides for the audition, make sure you assign someone in your room to be the 'reader' (the reader will read lines of other characters than the auditioning actor)
      The director should focus on the Actor's performance. (Have a pen and note pad ready to take notes) The coordinator can Film the audition, monitor the session (making sure everything is on time and on schedule), calling people into the room, sending people out of the room after they are done.

      5 - C) After an Actor comes into the Room, here is a typical list of things that will take place.

      a. Director ask the Actor if he/she has any questions about the Sides/Characters.
      b. The Reader will start reading with the Actor. The Coordinator films the process (Optional)
      c. If needed the Director can give adjustments on the Actor's performance. (Example: "That's a good read. Let's try it again, 'Susan' is actually very sad in this scene, because her husband left her for another woman....")
      d. The Director/Coordinator explains the production schedule, location details, and see if there are going to be any schedule conflicts. At the same time, answer any production-related questions that the Actor may have.
      e. Tell the Actor by what day the casting decision will be made. Either the actor will be informed by phone, or by email. (Example: "We will be making the decision by Friday via Email. Thank you for coming.")
      f. The Coordinator walks the Actor out, and call the next Actor into the room.

      5 - D) Bring an envelope to collect Actors' headshot & resumes. (Keep them in file, incase you are planning to cast for any future projects) And make sure that the Actor's contact information are indicated on their resume. If they don't have a resume, make sure their Phone Number and Email address is clearly written on the back of their picture. The purpose of the taping of the audition, is that later, the Director and everyone else who's involved in the production can review their audition, and then make their choices on who to offer the role. If you are not planning to film the audition, make sure the Director take REALLY GOOD notes on each actor's performance. So after you seening 60 people's audition, you can still remember who gave a better audition.

      7) Upon offering the part to the selected actor. You need to provide the full script, wardrobe options, and the day & time for rehearsals or production meeting.

      Final Note: Always be friendly and open minded. You want the actors to do their best at the audition.

  18. QUESTION:
    How much can I expect to make from a film option?
    I've recently been approached via email by a producer from a small production company. He is interested in optioning my script, but asked me to suggest a price we can agree on and I'm not sure what to come back with. It's obviously not a major company so I don't want to request too much. I also don't want to get cheated either. Their website seemed pretty legit and they have quite a few films under their belt, but I'm sure they don't have much money to throw at script options. It's important to note that my script is only for a short film to be used in an anthology and not a feature script. This would definintely effect the amount I would receive.

    • ANSWER:
      It all bundles down to how much you think your worth. How experienced are you, how confident are you with the script?..if you feel your worth more than what they can give you, move on the next buyer. If your just trying to get name out there because your starting out, take anything because getting money at all at that point starting out is rare. Most beginner script writers I know post their stuff for free online (it makes a name for them).

  19. QUESTION:
    Where can I find FREE sound effects online?
    I'm doing a short film (I'm not a pro or anything, it's just for fun.)

    But all the sites I've come across ask you to pay for them! If anyone can help and point me to some free sites with loads of effects for download, I'd really appreciate your help! :)

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com/

      It's free... you can buy the CD if you want, but just right click on whatever sound category you go to more towards the middle and bottom of each page.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you get copyright send something?
    I wrote a short film and I want to get copyrights on it so nobody steals the idea

    • ANSWER:
      You are confused on at least three levels.
      1. you already own copyright -- it was free and automatic the moment you wrote the script and did the film.
      2. You can optionally mark your film with copyright notice, since you own the copyright. You can optionally fill out an online form, upload a copy and pay a fee to the US Copyright Office yourself, and get a certificate that says you claim to be the owner of the copyright.
      3. Having done all that, you will not be able to prevent anyone with a copy of your film from doing what they want with it. You can, however, sue them for up to 0,000 for violating your copyright, if you registered it.

      As an aside, your "idea" is not covered in the copyright law. Only your particular expression of your idea is actually protected. Anybody can take your idea and make their own film and you can't stop them unless you keep your film a secret.

      I would not personally use legalzoom for anything. Thousands of people file their own copyright registrations every day with no problems.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can i be a Disney channel Actress if i live in florida?
    i already have a talent agency but they just do like shorts film and modeling i want to be on disney and i know im ready is there anyone in florida that can help me.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL! You NEED to be in LA! All of the studios and Disney Channel Casting directors are in LA.

      A lot of people "but Miley Cyrus wasn't from LA..." Miley is NOT a normal girl! Her father was a 90's icon and very rich and had a place in both Tennessee and LA thus allowing Miley to work in LA.

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas
      -On the Technique of Acting by Micheal Chekhov

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -On the Technique of Acting-Michael Chekhov
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -The Best of You-Craig Wallace
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I start getting paid to write film music?
    I am a film composer and I want to start getting paid to write music for films. I am not talking about like Hollywood type of payment. I'm not sure how to do this though. Anyone have an idea on how someone who lives in a different state than me is able to pay me? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I can recommend a few avenues for you.

      1. Create a website that has your Bio, Resume and links to favourite film composers (and how they inspired you). Then add a number of uncompressed audio formatted midi bridges (samples) of your work. Add anything from simple harmonies, full orchestration, piano, guitar, etc. I hired my last composer based on his website samples alone. Any studio material you have with other musicians is important as well.

      2. Get involved with local filmmakers in their shorts/feature productions. When (and if) they get screened at festivals is where you will meet other indie Producers you might have impressed.

      3. Hang out at local and state film festivals and hand out demo CD/DVD's to Agency Reps and Producers. These kids winning awards at festivals are the ones getting feature funding.

      DO NOT send any completed tracks to Producers online until you have a deal memo (contract) and partial payment. Most Producers will offer you 'deferred salary' which means you will be paid when the film becomes profitable. This means after all negative costs are paid off, investors, etc. Remember, that most indie films do not make any money so 'deferred salary' really means that you are working for free.

      Ps
      I do know a filmmaker that specializes in stock film and sound clips who buys by the piece. When you have your web-site set up (and if your music is any good) I'll send him a link.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a good FREE online movie maker?
    I need to make a short animated film using paint ms for one of my computer classes and i need to use movie maker and i cant afford to buy the program right now..So does anyone know where i can find a free online movie maker? I want the quality to be good (im good at computers, if that helps) Best answer gets 10 points

    • ANSWER:
      http://moviemakeronline.com/

      this site is really good. MovieMakerOnline.com let's you instantly create your own video online, absolutely free, right now! Just upload your photos (or other pictures) and favorite audio record and download your own video in FLV format, which you may upload to YouTube, facebook and other sites. Present your videos with favorite photos to friends of you!

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know where i can watch the short film Of Darkness for free?
    I have been looking for this movie online and cant seem to find it. Does anybody know where i might be able to find it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here ya go! Took some looking around, but I found it!

      http://www.fearnet.com/videos/b13534_of_darkness.html

  25. QUESTION:
    How do i upload my Short Film ?
    I have a couple of short films that i made as a part of my course in media school. I now want to upload it so that more people can see it. Please recommend a few websites that accept short films or websites where i can upload streaming media. My films are approx. 10 to 15 mins each.

    • ANSWER:
      As they are 10 to 15 mins each, I think their size must be above 100 MB. So storing them on your mail or site is not possible.

      Better to use onling storage...sites like Megaupload and Streamload.

      http://www.streamload.com
      http://www.megaupload.com

      Part of them is free, and that's no use for you as your files are big. Unfortunately, you'll have to shell out a few bucks. :(

      Maybe this Google search helps you...

      http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=online+storage&meta=

      ...EDIT...

      I just checked Google Video, and its free ! Yes, you can upload big files too. :)

      http://video.google.com

  26. QUESTION:
    how can i make a short computer animated film by myself?
    I'm 16 and i am very good writer and drawer, and i was wondering if there was any way i could make a short animated film, i already have the story board written out, and i want to make this on my own, without any other help, thanks in advanced!

    • ANSWER:
      There's a couple of free software programs you can try.

      Giotto - http://vectorian.com/
      Pencil - http://www.pencil-animation.org/

      are both free.

      Of course there's always Adobe Flash but that's expensive (0).
      There's also Toon Boom - http://beta.toonboom.com/ - which is 0

      For 3D animations then there's the free Blender - http://www.blender.org/

      Then there's the classic stop-action animation - http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Stop-Motion-Animation

      If you don't mind working online then there's GoAnimate - http://goanimate.com/

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the movie about a video game tester who gets stuck inside the game?
    I remember it being called Gamer, but I must be wrong because I can't find it online anywhere. It wasn't very popular. It's a short film made around 2003 i think? It's about a video game tester who receives a new gaming console. It's like a virtual reality thing. He gets stuck inside the game and has to win to free himself. It used to be in the YouTube movies section, but I don't think it's there anymore. If you know the name of the movie and where i could watch it, please answer. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Regarding a high school students choice of a career in film, please read details?
    Hello, I am a high school, and for a career choice I really want to be a film maker. My grades arn't exquisite, although I am still passing. My strongest subject is English, if that helps any.
    I am in grade eleven, and I live in central Queensland, Australia, were there is basically only construction and beauty styled career paths.
    I was wondering, perhaps, if any of you may be able to give me some or something on how I should go about becoming a filmmaker. Should I go to some sort of film school or...?

    Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Film makers make film.

      So grab a camera, doesn't need to be the latest and greatest, it can be whatever you can get your hands on and start making short films.

      Try for five minutes, then have a go at ten minutes and so on and so forth.

      Most PCs come with some sort of basic editing software, Macs are even better. Learn the basics of editing, build your skill set. Enter into film festivals, have fun with it. That's the important part, if it's not fun why bother?.

      Use your friends, use whoever you can but tell stories.

      Grab a few scripts online to see how this stuff goes on the page and download Celtx to give you a free formatting program for screenwriting.

      Find a copy of El Mariachi on DVD. Robert Rodriguez has a ten minute film school in the extras that will inspire you. Pick up a copy of his book, Rebel without a crew for further inspiration.

      But seriously, just make films. People will think you're mad, hell, they'll tell you to your face your mad but keep going anyway.

      It's not an easy road to walk but it has its moments.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I get an Original Soundtrack made?
    Alright, here's the situation. I've been working on an animated series for the past year or so and I'm finally out of pre production and beginning animation.

    The only thing about the animation that I want to create but I'm not sure where to start is an Original Soundtrack. Whether it's creating it myself using guides and "how to"s or looking for some royalty-free background music, I really need something to add the atmosphere

    So can anyone suggest any royalty-free sites, soundtrack composition guides, and/or "how to"s?

    • ANSWER:
      The process of film scoring is much like your visual design process for animation. By creating a color palette, characters, themes and a conflict, you have the ingredients for a story. The same is true for audio and music. A good composer will create a sonic world that is congruent with your visual one. This sonic world needs to convey the exact nuances of emotion of your overall story, the individual characters and the conflict and dramatic arc of both individuals and the entire story in general. That's a lot.
      Here's an article discussing Sonic Palette and Process.
      http://www.300monks.com/548/process-the-sound-palette/

      Getting a custom score can be anywhere from FREE to 0-1000 for most student films or around 00/minute for longer things.

      But beware of FREE as when there is no money involved, no one is really committed including you the filmmaker. You want to hire a composer who is part of your team. And hopefully for a long time. Look at how most Hollywood directors tend to hire the same team film after film. It makes things easier as you all grow together and have a common vocabulary and process.

      Animators are usually very aware of how important sound and music are as they add so much to the virtual world you've created.

      The thing is, most filmmakers don't realize how much time it takes to create an original soundtrack. It's as much work as a film editor has. The composer needs to understand the story at a very deep level as he/she is creating the subtext and emotional part of the story. A typical short film lasting about 3 to 6 minutes can be wall to wall music and take a composer a week to write, arrange and record and produce using today's modern digital audio workstations in their computers. Feature films are, of course, much more work.

      Music is the invisible unifying element. Having a thematic structure, it mirrors the dramatic structure of the screenplay. I think of it as taking an "aural highlighter" through the film wherever you need more emotional information.

      The great sound designer (I think the first with that credit) Walter Murch has posted many great articles online. Walter went to film school with George Lucas AND Francis Ford Coppola and ended up doing all the great sound work on Coppola's many films and more. Here's a good article to start with.
      http://filmsound.org/murch/stretching.htm

      I've put a few examples of how the music can add to an animation. This one is just scratching on negative film and would not be effective without the music/sound effects.

      And here's another very different style:

      I've also listed an article I wrote on how to choose the right production music. But I think you really need a custom score if you want your work to stand out and actually help your career.
      http://www.300monks.com/royalty-free-music/how-to-choose-the-right-production-music/

      Hope this helps.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I get one of my youtube vids onto my windows movie maker film?
    Hi there

    I made a short video of me and my friend and put it on youtube, and as i have a new laptop now, it is the only copy i have of the video.

    However, I am making a video for him at the moment on Windows Movie maker and wondered how I can download the video back on to my laptop so i can use it as a clip in my new project..

    Is there any easy way to do this??

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ✖

      Use Video Code Zone.
      Free online converter, with no free trial.
      It's absolutely free! Your choice on a
      Free opportunity for high quality additioned
      Videos! Take a spin...

      I n s t r u c t i o n s:
      ▪ Copy the url of the video. (On the right side of video)
      ▪ Now go to http://www.videocodezone.com
      ▪ Click on "video download." (It's one of the tabs)
      ▪ Paste the url in the bar, then click convert/download.
      ▪ Once directed, download the video.

      It should take 5-10 min to upload.
      When it's done it should direct to a page.
      Download the link it gives you, then it should
      Show up on your desktop, documents, etc.
      Video Code Zone is the most free high quality
      Online converter. No free trial, or serial code
      trick nonsense. All FREE. Good luck!

      Other Recommended Converters:
      Forinside, Media Converter

      • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ✖

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the most simple to use digital video camera and editing softwear?
    My younger brother is autistic, but high functioning. He's becoming very interested in making films and film making. What would be a good place for him to start?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Eric:

      For starting out, try one of the free (for short projects) online video & slideshow edit sites like OneTrueMedia.com which is very user-friendly and needs no software installation. See my short "features" demo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1fUUAisJGA

      And YouTube has a simple online editor function (again, browser-based, so no installation needed).

      As for a camera/camcorder, one of the "pocket model" point-and-shoot camcorders that don't have a lot of menus and dials would be best. They tend to have a "one button upload" feature, which makes using an online editor even easier. Even though recently discontinued (still available in some places), the Kodak PlaySport and PlayTouch line of pocket camcorders are rugged, water-resistant, and a good example of a simple to use video recorder.

      A visit to a local pawn shop is a good way to try some "hands on" tests of affordable camcorders, and save some money (and find good discontinued models like the Kodaks).

      Shy away from models with hinged-screens or other easily breakable parts. The ones that resemble an iPod tend to be the simplest.

      Many famous YouTubers started out with (and still use) a webcam & their laptop for making videos. Webcams are pretty hard to "break" and not expensive, compared to a separate camcorder. (- can buy a decent webcam, but not a good camcorder.)

      You're a better judge of your brother's motor skills and responsibility-level regarding handling & use of an electronic gadget. Budget your purchase accordingly.

      hope this helps,
      --Dennis C.
       

  32. QUESTION:
    Where can I see the ENTIRE film of Heavy Metal Parking Lot?
    I know it is online somewhere for free. YouTube only has clips from this short movie. Other movie websites I tried make me jump through fire hoops, and still only show me clips.
    I want to see this WHOLE movie.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.watch-movies-links.net/ try this sorry if the film isn't on it but it's worth a try 😀

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there anywhere I can read the short story The New Daughter by John Connolly online?
    I just saw the movie that was based on the short story and I really want to read the short story. Does anyone know where I can find it online to read for free?

    • ANSWER:
      John's short story was made into a film, which is now available on DVD! Sorry not for free.

  34. QUESTION:
    Where is the best place to advertise effectively online for free?
    http://www.garretriley.com/

    I want to know where is the best place to advertise online for free to get my website more traffic and thus more earnings. Please let me know and at the same time be sure to take a look at my website.

    http://www.garretriley.com/

    • ANSWER:
      kool website
      Sonoma State University Majoring in Business Administration and Minoring in Music (Voice). I created this website in order to promote myself as an actor and singer. I would love for a career in Theater or Film and I thought that creating this site might just help me on my way to that career. So please feel free to take a look around.

      Your website was created to promote your acting and music Careers.

      Make a video of your work and place on video search engines . Keep it short so it will load.

      Write articles about yourself and place on free article submission sites.

      Place free classifieds of yourself promoting you.

      Your myspace and facebook account should reflect your work. Have more pictures, acting, singing, working hard on your career. Your blogs should be a like a movie that people have to get on the computer and read. Use myspace and facebook to create a social network to drive people to your website. This will find you connections and drive more people to your website.

      Remember lonelygirl15http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonelygirl15
      This could be you. You are an actor. Promote yourself !
      I would place more ads on each page and blogs to make money. If you get half as popular as lonely girl you could make millions.

      You can do several things to increase traffic flow.
      When making your own web site do some research on how to optimize your site so that you get a good ranking with a natural search. You do this by embedding smart key words.

      You need get your web address in as many locations as possible on the net. You do this by article submission, link swap, video submission and free classifieds.

      Article submission, link swap and free classifieds.

      Best Answer - Chosen by Asker http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AlhJiR7ZcCCBRbp_sdnJwW3ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080111092859AA6vfTx&show=7#profile-info-lpytzfawaa

      Make a homemade commercial video.
      Post your video here
      metacafe.com http://www.metacafe.com/
      YouTube.com http://www.YouTube.com
      Video.google.com http://www.Video.google.com
      Video.yahoo.com http://www.Video.yahoo.com

      AtomFilms.com http://www.AtomFilms.com

      Blip.tv http://www.Blip.tv
      Blog.com http://www.Blog.com
      Blogger.com http://www.Blogger.com
      BoFunk.com http://www.BoFunk.com

      Clipshack.com http://www.Clipshack.com

      Dailymotion.com http://www.Dailymotion.com
      Dave.tv http://dave.tv/Default.aspx

      Eyespot.com http://www.Eyespot.com
      Flurl.com http://www.Flurl.com

      funnyordie.com http://www.funnyordie.com/

      GoFish.com http://www.GoFish.com
      GUBA.com http://www.GUBA.com

      IFilm.com http://www.IFilm.com

      Livejournal.com http://www.Livejournal.com
      LiveLeak.com http://www.LiveLeak.com
      LiveVideo.com http://www.LiveVideo.com

      MegaVideo.com http://www.MegaVideo.com
      Mix.com http://www.vMix.com
      Motionbox.com http://www.Motionbox.com

      Odeo.com http://www.Odeo.com

      Photobucket.com http://www.Photobucket.com
      Pixparty.com http://www.Pixparty.com
      Putfile.com http://www.Putfile.com
      Podcasts yahoo http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/podcasts/index.html

      Revver.com http://www.Revver.com

      selfcast.tv http://www.selfcast.tv
      Sharkle.com http://www.Sharkle.com
      Stickam.com http://www.Stickam.com
      SUMO.tv http://www.SUMO.tv

      Twango.com http://www.Twango.com

      Veoh.com http://www.Veoh.com
      vidilife.com http://www.vidilife.com
      Vimeo.com http://www.Vimeo.com
      vSocial.com http://www.vSocial.com

      WordPress.com http://www.Wordpress.com

      Xanga.com http://www.Xanga.com

      ZippyVideos http://www.ZippyVideos.com

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to have ads on your photography website?
    I am making a website but dont have the money to buy a domain name of to have an ad free site.

    I am only a novice photographer,is that unproffessional to have an add on the site? I dont control it unless I upgrade and pay money,and I cant afford it.
    I DIDN'T put up the ads,the people who own the site did

    • ANSWER:
      It depends largely on the purpose your photographs serve. Generally speaking, the ad banners attached to free webpages are distracting nuisances that work against you.

      You seem concerned about looking unprofessional. That is understandable, especially when you are starting out (and I presume you intend to conduct a photography business, using the site to promote your work).

      If you want a place on the Internet to simply "hang your work," I suggest temporarily using the site it sounds like you already have. A detriment to this is that many of those sites include a clause in their Terms of Service that specifies that they are able to use your images as they see fit. An alternative would be posting an online gallery at http://photo.net which gives you space for a limited number of images free; you can upgrade to an unlimited-image plan for a very affordable .00 per year. With the holidays approaching, you may ask for a year's membership as a gift from someone. Since much of my work (96-98%) is done with film and other non-digital media, and I don't rely heavily at all on web-based promotion, I have little need for a website. However, I did register my domain, and I have it pointed (redirected) at my photo.net portfolio, in case anyone wants to glance at samples of my work without requesting a mailer or full print portfolio.

      If, however, you are looking to build a website that promotes your business (which would naturally require a domain name registration and ad-free hosting), Set aside part of your income until you have enough for the domain name and, say, 3 to 6 months of hosting. That way you will have some time to come up with the following months' hosting fees and have a "home" that is all your own. In the meantime, use offline methods of promotion, such as postcards (either sent to prospective clients or placed strategically around town, if you are dealing with the general public), CDs with your portfolio (or better, your website HTML code and images), and professionally printed business cards (even glossy 2-side full color cards are fairly inexpensive these days).

      The short answer: it is bad to have ads on your photography website. Work toward the goal of eliminating hosting services which incorporate ads. People visit the site to see your work, not ads. Give them what they want. After all, that's the first rule of business...

      I hope this helps! Good luck!
      Darin

  36. QUESTION:
    Where can I learn online about how to make a small film?
    I'm 17 years old in high school, and I have a few good ideas for movies. I was hoping I could use my new camera to make a small film, maybe 20-30 minutes. Since I am very interested in making movies and I am just starting off, is there anywhere online where I can learn about the basics of making a short movie?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes at Wiki film school
      Also I would study many award winning films, here's some with animators showing how they made their films

      There's free scripts of 1000's of movies at www.simplyscripts.com

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I rip a DVD and convert it so I can post my movie online?
    I made a short film but unfortunately only have a DVD copy of it (not the original MPEG2). I want to post it on YouTube and other such sites but have been struggling to do so. Any quick, EASY and FREE ways to do this?

    • ANSWER:
      Use these rippers but don't even try to use it with protected DVDs like hoard Of The Rings. It will copy everything but it is illegal. You can use these with your own movies.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest a online site where I can read free stories from Japan?
    This is for a Assignment...a oral presentation == and Im thinking about comparing the genre horror with different cultures and countries. comparing the films is quite easy but I want to have a read of a horror story (preferably a short story) that was written by a Japanese person. So I can compare the stories and how theyre different. Are there any online sites u can suggest? Ive had a look but Im having trouble finding a site.

    • ANSWER:
      Since 1923, authors have the rights to decide if they want to give the books away or not. Most authors don't want to give their books away for free. So if the book is posted on the author's or publisher's website, then it is legal. File sharing sites do not have legal copies of books.

      Borders has a good selection of manga. Tokoyo Pop is a great publisher but they want to make money for their books.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there any good free Talent agent that would work for free?
    i wanna be an actor so bad but i'm short on money

    • ANSWER:
      Agents cost NOTHING upfront! They ONLY make money when you do. They get 10% of what you make from film/tv/commercial jobs and 20% from commercial print. If someone asks for upfront money and say they're an agent, then they're a SCAM!

      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print

  40. QUESTION:
    where can i watch a replay of mtv movie awards 2011 online?
    i wasn't able to watch it live streaming. does anyone know where i can watch the replay online for free, without downloading anything? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The entire show on demand is on their official site:
      http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/660128/host-jason-sudeikis-introduces-an-opening-short-film.jhtml#id=1664147

  41. QUESTION:
    How to rent from blockbuster in the UK?
    Ok, so im 18 and i don't have enough money to buy games so i want to start renting my xbox games instead of buying them. How do i rent from blockbuster at the store, not online? Do i have to be a member? Are there any rules? I've looked online and i cant find much information. Thank you
    Thank you so much. Last question, does it cost to be a member? If so how much?
    Thank you so much. Last question, does it cost to be a member? If so how much?
    Thank you so much. Last question, does it cost to be a member? If so how much?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't rent games/films unless you're a member, which you have to be 18+ for. Go in and ask to be a member, you'll have to fill out a short form so they know who you are, you'll get a card and then you can start renting.

      Just pick any game you want off the shelf, take it to the desk and rent it out. It says on the cases and shelves how long you can rent each one for but they'll tell you when you have to bring it back. Just take it back when you've finished, either on or before the due date.

      Many stores have a letter box on the wall of the store where you can post items back without having to go in (so no worry of opening times). Otherwise just go in and hand it to them.

      If you buy stuff be sure to give them your membership card and it'll be logged on your account. You're more likely to get deals then.

      I'd also recommend you join VIP gamer club on their website once you have a card (you need to put in your card number to link to the account, but it's all free and you don't need to enter any payment details). That when you rent you get points which can be used to get free stuff.

      It's free to become a member.

  42. QUESTION:
    Where can I get a grant for a short movie project?
    Hi,

    I'm 19 years old and I'm making a short film, and I was wondering if any of you guys knows a canadian program that gives grants to young people. I know there's "Vivacité Montréal" but I'd like to know if there are others like that?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you to check the Scholarship & Grant Guide ( http://tinyurl.com/grantguide ). This is the World's only consumer-rating guide for online scholarship search sites. The Guide provides students, parents and educators with unbiased consumer reports on all the Top-Rated scholarship search sites. All the Top-Rated scholarship search sites are tested, reviewed, rated and ranked. Sites are tested for results, critically reviewed by their editors and ranked according to their exclusive 5-Star rating system. The Scholarship & Grant Guide ( http://tinyurl.com/grantguide ) will take you directly to all the Top-Rated scholarship search sites and, starting with the No. 1 ranked site, will walk you through the scholarship search process step-by-step. This guidance will simplify your life as the Guide helps you find the money you need to attend the college or enroll in the online degree program of your choice.
      Another option is try to check for International Scholarship Reference Guide ( http://tinyurl.com/grant-international ).
      Another Useful Information, you can read this article: Where to Apply For Free Scholarships Online here ( http://information-onlinedegree.blogspot.com/search/label/Online%20College%20Scholarships%2FGrants )

  43. QUESTION:
    how can i enter the film industry as a director?
    i know about film schools in mumbai but they are far more expensive!!!i hav created short film of my own and am really wanting to enter this field.pleaz help me.any ans appreciated.thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      some of the best directors of all time, and some great recent ones have not gone to film school, and some others that dropped out early on. With technology these days it is not a necessity. First i would go to the site www.moviemaker.com this site will give you a ton of advice, and if you click on the producing section you can find a list of important sites to know.

      Keep making movies, writing if you can and collaborate with other aspiring filmmakers. go on these blogs, sites and make contacts, look up anything going on in your area, from student film casting, indie filmmakers, studios, anything. Just meet others, and keep working and making your own projects

      PROMOTE them and expose yourself (if you feel they are decent enough, remember that your short or movie is a first impression of you. If you show potential that is good, it doesn't have to be perfect. There are sites where you can post your movies, hell even youtube.com , but there are others where you can do online contests too (you can find links on moviemaker.com

      Also suggest looking up some film festivals too

      Also for a good free resource for filmmaking try
      http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Movie_Making_Manual

      Hope this helps

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you get sued for illegally downloading music or movies, but not sharing them online?
    A case in the news today got me curious about this issue. The woman supposedly was sharing the files online of copyrighted material and got sued a ridiculous amount of money. If she had simply downloaded the music and took them out of her network folder so nobody could download off of her, could she still be sued? In short, is it illegal to simply download material, or do you have to seed it on the internet?
    So if it is illegal, how do the record companies find out? If you had peer guardian to block IP's and a windows firewall, how in the world would they find you?

    • ANSWER:
      it's illegal to upload and download

      upload because u are either copying dvds or going to movie theatres with a camera to film it and then sharing it via bit torrent

      download because u are taking something without paying.....like me ive downloaded and burned over 100 movies, at least 1000 songs....

      if i paid let's say 10 bucks for each movie ticket that i watched....and the cost of a music CD is 15-25.....about 10 songs per CD so let's say 2 dollars per song

      i saved over 3000 dollars on entertainment

      but sueing me will be pretty hard.....unless u hack through my firewall, or illegally break and enter into my house and steal my computer....which then sets me free because evidence was taken illegally

  45. QUESTION:
    Monday is family movie night, what do you suggest we watch tonight?
    I'm up for any action or comedy film tonight. Got any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      NIght at the museam

      You can watch it online here:

      http://ucb3.com/movie-24.html

      It is free but you have to fill a short survey to watch.

      Cheers!

  46. QUESTION:
    How would I find work as an Actor in Australia?
    I am 16, live in Australia, I wanna get into Acting, were would I start looking to get some roles?

    • ANSWER:
      Acting in Australia is hard as we do not have as much of a film and television scene as America.

      Your best bet is to get an agent. you can look up agents in the phone book or online. If you look online then you can also see the prices. A good agent will have a package deal where you go through their acting classes and also they will take your headshots and some pictures. Put yourself down for acting roles as well as extra work.

      Also another way is approach universities in your area that has a film and TV school. These guys make short films and need actors. So even though you will act for free this is the way you get your show real up (2 min of snippits of your acting work). so you can be taken seriously and be marketable and get paid gigs.

      Also look into geering your subjects next year for acting at uni. A few uni's have acting as a degree and one good one is QUT in brisbane, they have a really good program and set you up with a show reel and most actors that come out of there get paid work.

      Another way is if you like theatre, most towns have small theatre houses, we have 'the little theatre' here and you can audition or help out behind the scenes and get some experience from that.

      Another way to find out about free/paid acting gigs (the reality of it is that most gigs for at least 5 yrs until you get your experience up, will be done for free) is to join the groups on facebook, there is brisbane actors network and gold coast actors network (that i know of) and i am sure that there might be one near you, so that way you can learn the audition process.

      Another way is to do film and TV degree at uni. Acting as a full time job is virtually impossible here in australia and if you study film and TV you can do another role for steady income and work on acting and when you start gettng regular jobs then stop the other work

      i hope this heped some

  47. QUESTION:
    How to make an independent film?
    Does anyone know any good books on independent filmmaking? I'm mostly concerned with getting funding from investors, getting the best bang for your buck when purchasing (or renting) a camera, props, sound editing, and video editing, and getting permission to film at specific locations. Well shit that's damn near everything. lol, does anybody having any good sources I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      Buy the book "Rebel without a Crew"

      It was written by Robert Rodriguez, who in 1992 went to Mexico and made a film for 7,000 dollars.

      7,000 dollars to make a film was unheard of back then, and today, with cheaper digital cameras, it's even easier and cheaper. It was the film itself that cost him ,000. Today, you can get a 5d with some really nice lenses for under k, or a t2i, t3i, 60d, 7d for under k.

      I would guess that if Robert had shot the film today, it would have cost him under 00.

      His big thing is this: Force yourself not to spend money.

      For example: If you need to film at a house and the owners want 0 a day; ditch that house, just go to a Friends house and shoot there. You can pay him in a free lunch if you like.

      Also, my biggest tip for you (if you haven't already) is to start small: Don't go trying to make a feature before you shoot a short. I've shot dozens of shorts now. All ranging from 30 seconds long to eleven minuets. Make short films, put them online, and get a response. Use those responses (be they good or bad) and go from there. Show your films to your fiends, and ask them "Hey, this is my new movie, do you have a few minuets to watch it? I would love some constructive feedback".

      Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there any editors online to edit my drawings?
    I have decided to make a short cartoon film for my school art project but I have no idea how to colour it on my computer! I've drawn the whole film by hand on paper, scanned them onto my computer ect..
    So my question is: Is there any editors online which can do this kind of thing? and are there any aimed at the kind of thing I am attempting to do? ( preferably free since I'll only use it once)

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of programs you can use to color things with. Some are geared at professionals and others are geared at home users. The problem is...there is a learning curve with everything and you will need to download anythign that is worth using anyway.

      (These are all free)

      Pencil Animation Software
      This software may help you. It was designed for simple hand drawn animations.

      Gimp
      This is a freeware software that is similar to Photoshop. You can edit pictures and do some digital art stuff. You could use this to color your images. The learning curve with this one is supposedly lower than with other programs... You will need to download it though. (However there is still a large learning curve to do thing effectively.)

      Paint (Microsoft Paint)
      This program is likely already on your computer if you have a PC. Its simple...it could be very hard to use if you are dooing extremely details work...but for mass production of simple images...it could be alright.

      A Warning.

      Coloring in animation can be very hard. Drawing animation is hard...but coloring is just as hard. You see...you will need to color in each drawing. (The Pencil Program may have a feature that could help you but I never used it exstenively enough to know.) I only recommend paint because you've likely used it before so there is no learning curve and you will likely need to use the 'bucket' feature to color in the majority of your images for the sake of speed.

      There are other programs you could use...but since you will only be using it once...I recommend the programs above. You may want to Google some other programs. There are programs that you need to pay for that come with demos. Those demos will gnerally go away after 15-30 days...but many of them don't leave a watermark and thus can be used fully and completely with all features active. So if you can complete your project within the trail period you won't have to buy the software to use it.

      There are programs like Abode Flash (huge learning curve) (this will help with the actually animation part)
      and
      Photoshop (huge learning curve) (this will help with just the color)

      You can get free trails of those...

  49. QUESTION:
    Recommendations for getting into film school?
    What does one recommend for getting accepted into a film school like Full Sail or USC? What stands out on a resume, etc.? Any tips?
    Also, any idea how to go about financial aid?

    • ANSWER:
      Read Film School Confidential first. See the website.
      It gives a hard look at film school as a concept- and it is pessimistic but realistic. It’s a bit outdated, but you can read most of it for free online. Entertaining, even if you don’t agree with it. It does give some pointers on ADMISSIONS.
      Devote all your free time to writing or making short films on whatever camera you can find. Use those films and scripts to apply to USC, NYC, Chapman, Texas, Florida State, whatever. Watch the “Making of” documentary on the “Clerks X” DVD and on other movies as well.
      Be a production assistant on a couple of movies–real movies, not the “deferred pay, looks great on a resume, free meals, to be shot whenever, DV” movies peppering film commission websites–and you’ll learn more than anything they’ll teach you in film school. At least that was my experience. If you want to learn how a set operates, how to communicate with different departments, how to move a crew, then work with the professionals. And when you’re on the set, do what you’re told, don’t try to direct the director and do get to know the rest of the crew- they might recommend you for a job someday.

      What schools look for:
      In the words of Howard Rodman of USC Cinema School:

      "Writing. Good writing. Not necessarily in screenplay format. We’re less interested, at this point, in whether you know what we’re here to teach you, than in whether you can put together a sentence. Tell a story. Create a dimensional character. In short: do you have your very own voice? [P.S. - We know the difference between "its" and "it's," and we actually care.]

      Grades, good enough to pass muster with the larger USC admissions apparatus, and good enough to give us the confidence you’ll be able to execute a demanding program. Four point something GPAs and 1600 SATs (or GREs) are truly lovely, but are not in and of themselves guarantors of anything. We’re looking for writers [see #1 above], but we do need to know you can handle the load.

      Diversity. Folks with life experience. Folks from strange and wonderful places. Folks who’ve had interesting ‘first’ careers before turning to writing. Not just your typical work/study/get ahead/kill types. The New York Times says that a cinema MFA may be the new MBA; but I’m not sure we’d view it that way.

      A good mix. Not all Hummers, not all Priuses."

      Worry about financial aid after you're accepted- that's why they have a Financial Aid Office.

      Check into local resources-- for example in New England: http://www.newenglandfilm.com/

      Hope this helps!

  50. QUESTION:
    What do I need to do to be a Hollywood actor (please read the details of the question)?
    Pros:

    17 y/o guy. I can talk fluidly in 4 languages, and can talk English fluently in a bunch of different accents. I'm confident and have a very pleasant and witty personality. I have decent looks.

    Cons:

    I've never been to an acting school before. I'm short, 5'7, although it doesnt affect me personally; will it ruin my chances of getting a gig?

    • ANSWER:
      A LOT of famous actors are short and successful like Tom Cruise, James Cagney, Gary Sinise, etc.

      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      Here's the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting and eventually get an agent:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=Highly recommend

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      -Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      -A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      *Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      *8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv
      -Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out-Mick Napier

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      *The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "naturally talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Definitely take classes in:
      -Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Improv
      -Scene study
      -Commercials

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/246101692

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      How to make an ACTING resume:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -NYCasting.com
      -NYCastings.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      Look up LEGIT agencies here:
      http://www.agentassociation.com/

      http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print


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